Jason Manford to host The Olivier Awards on ITV tonight

Jason Manford

The Olivier Awards hit ITV tonight with host Jason Manford.

The ceremony itself took place on Sunday night but the winners will be revealed on TV for the first time this evening, Tuesday 11 April.

Widely recognised as the most prestigious stage honours, this year’s Olivier Awards are the biggest yet and made their debut at the Royal Albert Hall.

Julian Bird, Executive Producer of the Olivier Awards and Chief Executive of Society of London Theatre, said: “ITV is the perfect home to theatre’s biggest night and together we have seen the ceremony grow each year.

"The Olivier Awards are a celebration of the very best of London theatre, and we’re delighted that this year’s ceremony will be broadcast in primetime on ITV in the United Kingdom and across the world via Facebook.”

As well as the awards themselves, there will be a host of special performances from a variety of Olivier nominated musicals.

Guest stars tonight include:

Gary Barlow and Tim Firth will open the show with a unique performance with the cast of The Girls.

American star Amber Riley will perform the show-stopping And I Am Telling You from Dreamgirls.

Tim Minchin will be flying in to represent Groundhog Day which has recently begun previewing on Broadway.

Fans of Andrew Lloyd Webber will be treated to a fabulous performance from the multi-talented cast of School Of Rock The Musical and a performance from Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s acclaimed production of Jesus Christ Superstar, which is set to return this summer.

Additionally, there will be an exclusive performance from Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes, nominated for Best Entertainment and Family - the production is currently on tour across the UK.

Finally, Broadway legend and six-time Tony Award-winner, Audra McDonald, will perform accompanied by the Olivier Awards’ orchestra during the show’s In Memoriam section.

The Olivier Awards airs at 8PM tonight on ITV.

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